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Radical Behaviorists

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Assignment #1: Radical Behaviorist Critique

EDU501001VA016-1128-001 Learning Theories (K-12)

Instructor: Kelly Walton

November 3, 2012

Describe a learning outcome and a radical behaviorist approach to achieving that outcome

“Learning outcomes are statements that specify what learners will know or be able to do as a result of a learning activity.  Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills, or attitudes. Learning outcomes should flow from a needs assessment.  The needs assessment should determine the gap between an existing condition and a desired condition.   Learning outcomes are statements which described a desired condition – that is, the knowledge, skills, or attitudes needed to fulfill the need.” (ARCHIVED: Writing Learning Outcomes ) Upon completing this assignment, students will be able to provide accurate supplies/materials that tell the story of Genesis 6: 12- 20 through a Noah’s Ark ship building presentation. This learning outcome can be achieved through a radical behavior. “The behaviorist view in terms of teaching includes highly-structured lesson plans and is essentially teacher led. Learning comes in the form of operant and classical conditioning, which are both heavily weighted on praise, punishment and consequences. The first stage of any teaching is imitation, so the teacher is very much a role model and didacticism is sometimes applied.” (Psycho4Stats, 2012) In an effort to achieve the desired outcome, The teacher will first have students leisurely read Genesis 6: 12- 20 in the classroom as a class as selected times. The following day, students will be asked to participate in an answer/questions session, where each student must have 2 questions prepared for teacher and or fellow students to answer, the anticpated time for this should not exceed two class periods. The students will then be given a worksheet to take home and work on independently....